Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Drink Recipe: French 75

Serves 8
The French 75 is a classic cocktail usually made with cognac, though gin is sometimes substituted, and that's the spirit I call for in this recipe. It typically isn't served as a punch but works quite well in this format. Serve this fresh, fragrant variation at any occasion that calls for toasting, like a brunch or a bridal or baby shower.

A simple chunk of ice, such as one frozen in a loaf pan or bowl will suffice, but for a special, decorative touch, consider freezing orange wheels inside the ice.


  • 16 ounces (2 cups) gin (preferably a London dry gin, such as Tanqueray)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) simple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange bitters
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) dry Champagne or other sparkling dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 large ice block or two smaller blocks
  • 8 orange wheels, for garnish


In a punch bowl, combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters and stir until thoroughly blended.
Just before serving, pour in the Champagne and stir gently. Add the ice and garnish with the orange wheels.
To serve, ladle into punch glasses.

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